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The Thing About Georgie

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,881 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
As far as Georgie is concerned, everyone has a "thing"

The thing about poodles is that Georgie Bishop hates to walk them.

The thing about Jeanie the Meanie is that she would rather write on her shoe than help Georgie with their Abraham Lincoln project.

The thing about Andy's nonna is that she kisses Georgie's cheeks and doesn't speak one word of English.

The thing about Georgi
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 30th 2007)
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Jun 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Georgie is a Little Person. He has one best friend and, now, that best friend seems to be drifting to spend more time with a tall-sized popular-type kid who Georgie is certain will join his long line of personal mockers. To make matters worse, Georgie's parents have a new diversion that challenges their love for him, as well, one that might remind them of their disappointment that Georgie cannot fulfill their musical aspirations they had in their child.

Just when it seems that things couldn't get
Jan 24, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: battle-books
The thing about me is, I am plowing through 50 children's novels as a Battle-of-the-Books coach. And, I loved this one. While not a classic in the manner of Charlotte's Web or some of the others, it is well written, age appropriate (!), and teaches some nice lessons along the way. Georgie is a dwarf in 4th grade and is having some problems: his parent's are expecting a baby (will is be "normal"??), his best friend is becoming chummy with someone else, and he has to do a big school project with J ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Ricci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-fic
Love this one! Age appropriate, and without all the verbosity that comes with adults "thinking" as children.

Georgie comes to realize that he is not defined by one thing, and goes through growing pains and a questioning of identity. Themes of family, friendship, and to not judge a person by their looks -- or even first impressions.
May 07, 2016 Piyali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful and sensitive story about a child who is different.
Kelly Hager
The thing about Georgie that is not listed in the synopsis is that he is a little person (or "dwarf," as they say throughout the book. And mostly his life is okay until all of a sudden it starts to fall apart.

First, his parents announce they're going to have another baby. And because Georgie is so short, he's pretty sure that his little sibling will be taller than him very quickly. And that's embarrassing. And THEN his best friend starts wanting to get a new friend, too. And what if Georgie and
Misty Kincade
Apr 23, 2014 Misty Kincade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: red-317
Literary Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee, Bluestem Book Award Illinois Children's Choice Award Nominee
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: MG (4-8)

Brief Summary:
Nine-year-old Georgie Bishop firmly believes everyone has a “thing”. The current thing about his mom is that she is pregnant and might just have a baby who is taller than him. Georgie’s thing just so happens to be that he has dwarfism. With the new baby arriving, Georgie fears his parents will favor his new baby br
Would not have picked this one up except for it being on the Bluebonnet list. And wouldn't you know it ... I actually liked it. When I booktalked it to the kids I started off with them trying to reach their arm over their head to touch their ear (like the author describes in the opening chapter). Worked every time and the book has not been on the shelf since.
Mrs. Kris's Class
What is the thing about georgie? shoe laces? math races? icky girls? boys that hurl? dog fights? prety sights?....................................or does he have a thing?
Oct 14, 2010 Elizabethcd96 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic book. I usually don't like books when the main character is disabled but this one I liked a lot!
Mahika Gupta
Feb 01, 2016 Mahika Gupta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May 02, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I prefer Umbrella Summer, this story, which was actually published first is unique and adorable.

Georgie is endearing as of the very first page, and the fact that he's a little person adds a perspective that children's novels rarely explore.

The best part about this theme is the relatively generic issues Georgie addresses in his preteen life, showing that even with profound challenges or unique features, children are much more alike than different.

Worth the quick read. Lovely and heart
Feb 25, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
A while ago I wrote a blog post about a collection of books that shared what I thought of as "typical" kids. At that time I lamented that it was challenging to find boys portrayed as they are - rather than super goofy or foolish or afraid. I know that it's great to be able to laugh at yourself, but sometimes it would be nice to just be. A comment on that post led me to A Thing about Georgie.

The thing about Georgie Bishop is that he is a dwarf. He's in fourth grade. His best friend, might not be
The thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff is about a kid with dwarfism. Dwarfism is when your body doesn't develope fully so you are very very short no matter how old you get. Georgie is an only child until he finds out his mother is pregnant. He starts worrying that his parents, both musicians, will like the baby better because it will be able to play instruments because it will be normal sized. He and his best friend Andy have a dog walking business where Georgie can only walk small dogs because h ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Nura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about me is I’m taller than most of my friend in the grade school
The thing about me is I really suck at sports
The thing about me is I can’t do butterfly stroke (truth is I can’t swim at all)
The thing about me is I don’t have a knack in music
The thing about me is I tend to let my mind running wild
The thing about me is I like slacking off and daydreaming
The thing about me is I’m not a girl of fashions
The thing about me is I’m glad I have a brother not a sister :p

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Jun 27, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars.

It was that good.

I know this isn't really my normal genre, but I have to say, I enjoyed it more than several of the YA paranormal books I've read recently. Lisa Graff is one of my new, favorite writers. Regardless of what is your favorite genre, you should give this story a try.

The Thing About Georgie is a story about a fourth-grade boy who happens to be a dwarf. The story is so real, the characters are so real, the struggles Georgie and his friend
May 01, 2012 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “The thing about Georgie” by Lisa Graff and I enjoyed it very much. I rated this book five stars because it was really fun to read. The suspense in the book mixed well with the sadness because of what Georgie felt and how the baby was growing. The things I loved of the book were its plot, the problems, and Georgies emotions. The plot had plenty of problems and I liked it, Georgie’s emotions changed many times, he felt furious, sad, happy and confused. Those were the reasons why I rated t ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Thing About Georgie

Author: Lisa Graff

Summary: This book is about a boy called Georgie the problem about this boy is that he doesn't have something unique. Everybody has a thing except Georgie. Georgie is a dwarf because he is very small. Georgies mom is pregnant and Georgie its scared that the baby will be taller than him. Georgie can't do many things like some people.One day Georgie got mad with his best friend Andy, because of there job of walking dogs they alway fighted for who is walkin
Nov 23, 2012 Ozboz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The thing about Georgie” by Lisa Graff is a realistic fiction story about dwarfism. It takes place in Georgie’s house in present time. The characters of the story are Georgie, Jeanie, Andy, Georgie’s mom and dad, Andy’s mom, Andy’s grandma, Russ, Georgie’s baby sibling, and Georgie’s teacher. In this story there is an internal conflict, Georgie is a dwarf and is very different from everyone. His friendship changes because of it and it changes his ability to walk dogs and what kind of dogs he w ...more
Fill Weeney
Mar 01, 2013 Fill Weeney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thing About Georgie is a novel by Lisa Graff about a fourth grade dwarf named Georgie Bishop. He is an only child and has a best friend named Andy. But when Georgie finds out his mom is having a baby--a baby who someday will be bigger than Georgie, his life goes crazy. His best friend replaces him with someone else, his parents seem to not care about him, and his arch-enemy, Jeanie the Meanie, has to work on a project with him. When it is time for the school play about presidents, he doesn't ...more
Feb 12, 2016 Tanja rated it really liked it
I learned so much from this novel about what life is like for a dwarf like Georgie. A real eye-opening experience as I had never known that even tasks like holding a pencil or tying one's shoelaces are an enormous challenge for a dwarf. I loved the interspersed sections in which the reader is asked to do certain tasks to get a better understanding about Georgie's challenges. Very powerful! One character though left me wondering, I felt that up to the very end I couldn't fully figure her out.
4th-6th Grades

Graff created a fun world for any child to enter into. She takes real life situations and places them into her book. The cover for the book was a fun book that showed a top hat of Abraham Lincoln. it was very fitting for the story because of one of the main oxymorons, a dwarf named Georgie playing Lincoln in the school play. Graff had about 250 pages of top to bottom writing that could keep any kid interested. She set up a great plot with lots of drama that a young child could rela
Aug 10, 2010 Nobies57 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with instructions from an anonymous writer telling the reader to do things like sit on the floor and bring the knees to the chest. Simple physical acts, that always end with the fact that Georgie cannot do these things, because....the thing about Georgie is that he is a dwarf. Or is that really the thing? Georgie is a inspiring 5th grade student who rises above his physical limitations despite the fact that he must continually deal with people who cannot see beyond them. To say t ...more
Debbie Tanner
The thing about Georgie is he's really different from everyone else, but in a lot of ways, he's just the same. He has trouble with his best friend (who wants to be friends with someone else too) and the really mean kid and then his mom and dad have some big news that's going to change everything. It's a great story about understanding that there are things that each person is good at as well as things they are not so good at.
Oct 26, 2013 Annalise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book similar to "Wonder" or "Out of My Mind" where students are introduced to someone different than them and learn how to be empathetic and understanding of everyone. Georgie is a fourth grader and happens to be dwarf. He tries to discover the thing about him throughout the story. He has to also deal with the fact that his mom is having a baby and he worries if the new baby will be a dwarf like him or even outgrow him at an early age. Through some funny escapades and touching moments, ...more
Aug 14, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The thing about Georgie is that he's a dwarf. Not a fantastical being, but a small human. George Washington Bishop is in 4th grade and is only 42 inches tall. That means he can't do a lot of things that most people take for granted like tie his shoes, wrap his arm over his head, or hold a pencil between his thumb and index fingers. He'a also smart, imaginative, and a good swimmer. He runs a dog-walking business with his best friend Andy and tries to avoid Jeanie the Meanie (who really wants to b ...more
Abby Johnson
Mar 14, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
The thing about Georgie is that he's a dwarf. The thing about Georgie's mom is that she's having a baby - a baby that will eventually be taller than him. The thing about Georgie's best friend Andy is that he's making a new best friend and leaving Georgie out. And the thing about the meanest girl in Georgie's class is that she's going to be Georgie's partner for their history project. Could fourth grade get any worse??

The thing about The Thing About Georgie is that it's not a story about a boy de
Jul 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff gave me a new perspective on life. I could easily relate to Georgie and the many struggles he has to overcome. I think his worries about his height and the things he couldn’t do were holding him back. We all do that sometimes. We focus so much on what we can’t do and forget to focus on what we can do. I learned a lot from reading this book and I am so glad I picked it up. Georgie is a funny kid who gets mad, jealous, and hurt- just like all of us. I ...more
Michele Knott
I'm so glad I finally got to this book. I love seeing that this was a book about friendship, not about Georgie's disability. I like that the notes that were included explained Georgie's challenges without putting them as the center of the book. Having known many kids with achondroplasia, I think it will be neat for them to see themselves in a book.
Aug 06, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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